Chief Executive Officer of Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation

Hi my name is Nathan McIvor, I was born in Victoria, Australia. From a very early age myself, my parents, and baby brother moved to Papua New Guinea, my first memories are living in the mountains of PNG. We moved back to Australia in the mid 80’s, we moved to a remote indigenous island just above Kakadu in Arnhem land, Goulburn Island. I have lived and worked the majority of my life in indigenous remote parts of PNG the Northern Territory and now Western Australia.

My work life started as a 13 year old on Goulburn Island doing monthly stocktakes for my father who was the manager of the shop there for Arnhem Land Progress Association, I enjoyed retail and ended up working with my father in various roles including truck driver and sales rep for Smiths Snack foods and CCA Amatil. I built a career as a salesman and rep for Schweppes, Malanda milks and so much more, I even tried my hand at being a kitchen manager for a busy roadhouse.
In 1999 I commenced a new career with the Northern Territory Department of Justice, after almost 11 years I resigned from that career, jaded by the constant empty words and rhetoric about indigenous disadvantage and what the Dept of Justice was doing to combat recidivist behaviour, yet the numbers of indigenous men and women incarcerated continued to increase and no real changes were ever made. It was time to move on, I recognised that the criminal justice system was an enterprise and the numbers of public service employees rose the more people were incarcerated.

I commenced a new career within Local Government, I started as a Coordinator for the Night Patrol program in the West Arnhem region, the area that I grew up in as a young man. I became a Shire Service Manager for the town of Warruwi on Goulburn Island. Over the next 10 years I worked in a number of Regional Councils in the Northern Territory, most recently as an Area Manager for Roper Gulf Regional Council.

I relocated to Western Australia, Dampier Peninsula to the community Djarindjin in early 2019 as the Operations Manager for Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation, within a short period of time I was acting CEO and on 4 July 2019 I was appointed the CEO role for Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation.

I am proud to be the CEO for Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and believe in the direction that this organisation wants to go. Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation is leading the way as a voice for Indigenous Australians in the areas of self-determination and self-empowerment, it is an honour to be serving this organisation and being part of its present and future.

Ops Manager

My name is Justin Pedersen and I am he Operations manager of Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation. I grew up in QLD and Northern NSW, mainly on cattle stations. This is where I developed my passion for things like fishing, hunting and being outdoors. I also like to travel and regularly travel overseas.

After leaving school I joined the Australian Army for 9 years where I acquired a large range of skills as a Squadron Quartermaster and Combat Engineer. From the Army I went on to work for QLD Rail as a trackworker, Westec Civil as a plant operator and fleet manager, Trakida Civil as a supervisor and plant operator in the Surat Basin gas field before moving to remote communities in the Northern Territory.

My first community job was at Peppermanati NT where I worked as a Civil Team Leader for the West Daly regional Council for a year. I spent 3.5 years working as the Council Services Coordinator at Bulman-Weemol in Central Arnhem Land. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my work in Bulman-Weemol I felt I was ready for a new challenge.

I am excited to be appointed as the new Operations Manager at Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and look forward to contributing to the towns progress over the next 2 years